NATO: No evidence of misconduct by US special forces
Ret. Maj. Gen. Bob Scales reacts
- Duration 5:09
- Date Feb 25, 2013
Ret. Maj. Gen. Bob Scales reacts
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The new reaction to some outrageous claims.
By the Karzai government in Afghanistan NATO says there is no evidence at any misconduct.
By US special forces any strategic province there.
But that's -- the Afghan president has been saying -- -- -- shot -- military brass yesterday.
Alleging our troops are torturing and killing.
-- -- -- villagers Karzai wants all US special forces to leave -- province within two weeks.
And to stop all military operations there immediately this area is the gateway to the capital -- It has been a prime target for the Taliban where a lot of training is going on the local police as well -- question yet to be answered is why these allegations.
Only surfacing now with all behind this.
I retired major general Bob scales is a Fox News military analyst general scales as we said no evidence and this.
At all but the Karzai government saying that our troops are harassing or annoying torturing and murdering.
It's -- people what's this all about out.
A little bit of history here Jenna the LP program is is a program that's that we've all been used in the past.
We used -- Vietnam was called a strategic village program and Rleal.
L category general scales -- -- study just because you're gonna make an -- when I'm -- cut -- but ALP stands for what.
That's the Afghan low.
-- police ALP this that's these small militias that are loyal to village chiefs and and the US military this the special forces in particular.
Our recruiting these locally in order to defend their villages just like we did in Vietnam and just like Dave Petraeus did in Iraq.
The problem is -- that they're not loyal.
To Karzai nor -- they said to his corruption.
A Karzai thought that these -- forces would be disbanded after US special forces pulled out of -- -- well that's not happening and so.
What this is and in our opinion is a cynical effort by Karzai to disband the ALP so that he can gain control of -- Of the of the military operations in this very -- profits -- act which sets just southwest of cookies ever hit.
Political -- he's tarnishing the name.
-- our special forces.
In Afghanistan what should be our response.
Well they are our response should be to maintain the course I mean.
These local militias are proving to be extremely effective why.
The special forces selects the leaders of these organizations based on their ability to lead and fight not on there.
Allegiance to Karzai so these are very effective in addition remember were pulling out of -- -- next year.
To leave something behind that's going to be elastic the best choice is to pick militias who live in the village and are likely to stay there and remain loyal to their village she even if the central government's authority over award act against it.
Begins to fray in the years ahead so this is an American investment.
That we have paid for and so far at least seems to be working well which makes -- so strange that Karzai has turned on.
American special forces in war back in order try to get the -- via.
But didn't sound strange if if what you said is true which is that he doesn't necessarily like these guys.
I can during his his power and government or the power of those there are gonna follow him one counterinsurgency.
Expert said that what we're seeing.
And our troops being you know caught in the crossfire here if you will of these words.
And accusations it is the politics.
Posts that -- That this is just the beginning of more of these accusations.
That are -- to be levied on our troops that are going to be there for another year and a half.
Yeah this is so strange because Karzai in many ways to shooting himself in the foot.
Affects of these forces -- left behind it nurtured by the Afghans could be tremendous because -- Afghan army simply isn't big enough.
To control the whole country they need every man what the rifle that they can get.
The special by American special forces are extremely good at training and assisting these small units and setting them up to be affected.
Just as we did in Anbar Province in Iraq so this is an advantage that Karzai seems to be throwing away.
Purely for political.
But general scales and if he just wants to use our troops that way and -- so poorly about them then why not just.
-- you know why -- just pull our troops out this is the way we're going to be treated after it at more than a decade at war in the country.
Then why stay why stay -- of the year and a half.
Well I'm beginning to think that -- right -- I think this is this is so frustrating -- people who like.
Who I communicate with and Afghanistan.
Reflect the level of frustration that's just simply over the top there sick and tired of having.
Of having their effectiveness diminished either in the delivery of close air support their ability -- assist and train.
And their ability to the -- with their.
With their partner Afghan units the more we begin to pull out the more and more politics.
Rather than military effectiveness against the -- -- The -- think about today for sure general scales always nice to see you thank you thank you chip thank you very much.